Irish actress Dervla Kirwan is set for a theatre reunion with husband Rupert Penry-Jones 13 years after they fell in love on the stage. Kirwan and the Spooks actor first met while starring in J.B. Priestley's play Dangerous Corner in 2001, and they went on to marry and become parents to two children.
The couple is now set to tread the boards together again at a fundraising event for the charity Hostage UK and Save the Children's Syria Appeal. They will appear in a production called Making Light which will be staged at Bedales School's Olivier Theatre in Hampshire, England.
Kirwan tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "It will be lovely to work together again... It's (the production) not long, but it's beautiful."
The former Ballykissangel actress and Penry-Jones, who married in 2007, also co-starred in 2005 TV series Casanova but did not share any scenes.
Celebrated TV screenwriter Peter Moffat was honoured with a top prize at the 2013 Writers' Guild Awards in London on Wednesday (13Nov13). Moffat picked up the Best TV Drama award for legal series Silk, starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones, seeing off competition from another of his shows, The Village, and hit crime drama Broadchurch.
Legendary playwright David Edgar was also feted at the ceremony, winning a prize for his "outstanding contribution to writing and writers".
The prizegiving is held annually by The Writers' Guild of Great Britain.
A new West End production of black comedy The Ladykillers starring Ralf Little and Simon Day has raised a laugh among U.K. theatre critics after opening in the British capital this week (beg08Jul13). The Royle Family star Little, Gregory's Girl actor John Gordon Sinclair and Shakespeare in Love's Day are among the ensemble cast in the new show which also includes theatre veterans Con O'Neill, Chris McCalphy and Angela Thorne.
The play, about a group of criminals who pose as amateur musicians to take a room in the house of an eccentric old lady, opened at London's Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday (09Jul13) and it convinced even the toughest critics to crack a smile.
Charles Spencer of Britain's Daily Telegraph insists the new production, adapted for the stage by Father Ted writer Graham Linehan, is "even funnier" than the original 1955 movie on which it is based.
He writes, "The great thing about the film is that it is at times genuinely chilling as well as hilarious... (This) hugely enjoyable stage production... never quite matches the creepiness of the original. I would venture to suggest, however, that it is even funnier than the movie."
The Guardian's Michael Billington praises the show's move into "slapstick" comedy, while Mark Shenton of industry publication The Stage describes the production as a "giddy summer delight that provides plenty of good reasons for theatregoers to go indoors again" and he also praises the "stellar cast" and "infinite skills" of the actors.
The opening night audience was packed full of famous faces including actress Sheridan Smith and Spooks star Rupert Penry-Jones, who turned out to support his mother Angela Thorne, as well as comedienne Victoria Wood and Simon Day's The Fast Show co-star Paul Whitehouse.
Tennant, who will also host the awards ceremony in London on 29 January (12), has been recognised for his role in Kafka: The Musical by Murray Gold, while Lewis is nominated for Giovanni's Room. They will compete with Rory Kinnear for his role in Terence Rattigan's Flare Path, which also landed a Best Supporting Actor nod for Rupert Penry-Jones.
Absolutely Fabulous star Whitfield is mentioned for her role in A Monstrous Vitality.
The judges deciding on the awards winners include actresses Maxine Peake and Imogen Stubbs and screenwriter Andrew Davies.
The filmmaker, who is most famous for stunts in films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Patriot Games, is set to tackle the John Buchan novel in 2011, according to website MovieHole.net.
According to imdb.com, Robert Towne is also planning a remake of the movie, which has hit the big screen three times since Hitchcock's 1935 classic, starring Robert Donat as man-on-the-run Richard Hannay.
Brits Kenneth More and Robert Powell have also played Hannay in 1959 and 1978 remakes. And Rupert Penry-Jones starred in a TV movie version of Buchan's story in 2008.
As WWII rages in Europe strong-willed Scotswoman Charlotte Gray (Cate Blanchett) travels to London to help in the war effort. At a party she meets Peter (Rupert Penry-Jones) a Royal Air Force pilot on leave and they fall deeply in love. Unfortunately Peter is sent back into service and is shot down during a routine flight over France. It's reported he could possibly be hiding with the French Resistance. Upon hearing the news Charlotte who has been training as a secret agent to help the Resistance accepts a dangerous mission behind enemy lines in hopes of finding Peter. Of course once she gets to France and begins to assimilate into the lives of the fearless resistance fighters including the valiant Julien (Billy Crudup) her heart is taken over by the plight of those fighting against the Nazis. Even after she thinks Peter has been killed Charlotte decides to stay in France and gets even more involved especially in the lives of two little Jewish boys whom Julien rescues when their parents are deported. Julien and Charlotte bond and along with Julien's father Levarde (Michael Gambon) they end up fighting for the boys'--and their own--lives.
Blanchett has got to be one tired actress. She appeared in no less than five movies in 2001 including Bandits The Shipping News Lord of the Rings and she also had a baby. Unfortunately Blanchett's performance in Charlotte shows the wear and tear. Although a more than decent effort (Blanchett probably could never turn in a bad performance) it almost seems like an afterthought. She slaps on a perfect accent--Scottish in this case--and goes through the motions. On the other hand Crudup does an admirable job as the brave Julien doing a 180-degree turn from his last performance as a rock-and-roll guitarist in Almost Famous. His character isn't given a whole lot to work with but Crudup manages to carve out an interesting study of a man fighting for freedom. As Julien's father British actor Gambon (Gosford Park) is the one who truly shines. His subtle performance as an older French man who once fought for his country but now feels ambivalent towards it is brilliant. His quiet scenes with Blanchett are the best of the movie.
Based on the best-selling novel by Sebastian Faulks Australian director Gillian Armstrong (Oscar and Lucinda) and Blanchett team up once again to bring this story to the big screen. The film adequately shows a Nazi-occupied France where potential danger lurks around every corner and no one can be trusted. Armstrong also gives us a deeply lush film with spectacular vistas of the French countryside and follows her pattern of directing slow methodical character studies. Unfortunately we've seen this story done a thousand times before and done much better. The book is probably fascinating delving into the mind of this fearless woman who feels she can make a difference. Yet the big-screen adaptation seems to meander from one story structure to another. First it's a love story then it's a war story and then it's a Holocaust story. Every aspect of how WWII played out is touched upon but without enough depth to convince you to care. There are a few moving moments but you're left fidgeting in your seat simply waiting to see if Charlotte makes it out of France alive or not.